GMC Acceptable Postgraduate Qualifications

The General Medical Council (GMC) is the UK's independent body concerned with regulating doctors, and ensuring good medical practice in the UK.

Its primary role and  purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine in the UK.

UK law gives it four main functions under the Medical Act 1983:
  • keeping up-to-date registers of qualified doctors
  • fostering good medical practice
  • promoting high standards of medical education and training
  • dealing firmly and fairly with doctors whose fitness to practise is in doubt.
The GMC accepts certain postgraduate qualifications as proof of sufficient evidence of a doctor's knowledge and skill, for the purpose of full registration with a licence to practise in the UK.

If a qualification is not on the list below then it is not acceptable for the purposes of full registration with a licence to practise.

Please note that you must be granted full registration with a licence to practise within three years of passing your postgraduate qualification or it will no longer be acceptable.

For more information on applying for registration with a licence to practise using your postgraduate qualification (PGQ) as evidence of knowledge and skill; please see the section on guidance on GMC website.

Acceptable UK Postgraduate Qualifications
Awarding BodyQualification
College of Emergency Medicine
Membership of the College of Emergency Medicine (MCEM)
Royal College of Anaesthetists
Primary FRCA examination
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MROG)
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal College of Pathologists
Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) by examination only
Royal College of Physicians of London
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP)
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych)
Royal College of Radiologists
Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR)
Royal College of Surgeons of England
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS)
Collegiate Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS)
Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS)

Acceptable Overseas Postgraduate Qualifications
CountryAwarding BodyQualification
America
American Board of Pediatrics (APP)
Fellowship examination
(Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics)

American Boards of Internal Medicine
US Boards of Internal Medicine

American Board of Anaesthesiology
Certificate of the American Board of Anaesthesiology

American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Parts I and II
Australia/New Zealand
Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Passed the written and clinical exams for FRCAP (Paediatrics)

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
Passed the written and clinical exams for Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Passed both the written and clinical exams for Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Part 1
The Australian specialist training programme is 6 years long. After basic training lasting 3 years candidates sit written and clinical examinations. Doctors then undertake a further 3 years training - Fellowship is only awarded after successful completion of this training. If the doctor has passed both the written and clinical examinations or obtained their Fellowship within the last three years, this is acceptable evidence of a postgraduate qualification.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)
Passed the written, clinical and oral examinations for Membership of RANZCOG
Bangladesh           
Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons
Fellowship in Anaesthesia awarded since July 1999
Canada
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Fellowship in Anaesthesia

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
FRCPS Paediatrics Canada

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or Quebec
Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Europe
European Academy of  Anaesthesiology or European Society of Anaesthesiology
European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care
Hong Kong
Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists
Fellowship in Anaesthesia awarded since January 2001

Hong Kong College of Physicians
Membership of the Hong Kong College of Physicians
Ireland  
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
MRCS (collegiate) examination
MRCSI (intercollegiate) examination
Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
Fellowship of the Faculty or the College of Anaesthetists of the Royal
College of Surgeons in Ireland

Royal College of Physicians in Ireland
MRCP Medicine (Medicine of Childhood)
Pakistan
College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan
FCPS Paediatrics Pakistan

College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan
Fellowship in Anaesthesiology awarded since 1998

College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan
Fellowship of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan (Medicine)
Singapore
National University of Singapore
Master of Medicine (Anaesthesia)

National University of Singapore
Master of Medicine (Paediatrics)
South Africa
College of Paediatrics in South Africa
FC Paediatrics

College of Physicians South Africa
Fellowship of the College of Physicians South Africa

College of Anaesthetists of South Africa
Fellowship of the College of Anaesthetists of South Africa

College of Surgeons of South Africa  or College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of South Africa
Fellowship of the College of Surgeons South Africa  (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) or Fellowship of the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of South Africa
Sri Lanka
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Doctor of Medicine (Anaesthesiology)
Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, Sri LankaMD (Obstetrics and Gynaecology)

Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo University
MD Paediatrics Sri Lanka

University of Colombo
MD Colombo (Medicine)
West Africa
West African College of Physicians
Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians (Paediatrics)
West Indies
University of West Indies
DM Paediatrics West Indies

University of West Indies
Doctor of Medicine (Anaesthesia) awarded since September 2003

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